The Florida Legislature passed Representative Pigman’s Water quality Credit Trading Bill, CS/CS/HB 713, which allows water quality credit trading programs to be established for individual impaired water bodies throughout Florida modeled after the pilot program in the Lower St. Johns River basin. This is a voluntary, market-based approach to protect and restore Florida’s rivers, lakes, streams, and estuaries. With the pending implementation of a new state numeric nutrient criteria program in Florida, this legislation will add a useful “tool in the toolbox” for cost-effective restoration of Florida’s nutrient-impaired water bodies. HGS attorney, David Childs, successfully lobbied for the passage of this bill, working closely with the bill sponsors, Representative Pigman and Senator Grimsley.
For more information, please contact David Childs.